Meet Our Newest Homeowners: Javier & Griselda
Feb. 9, 2021
Javier has lived in Denver most of his life and has seen a lot of changes in the city—most notably in the housing market. He and his wife, Griselda, love calling the mile-high city home, but with housing costs skyrocketing in recent years, they have felt like homeownership has gotten farther and farther out of reach.
Javier and Griselda have had Habitat for Humanity’s program on their radar for many years. In fact, they attended an information session about five years ago and applied. Although they did not qualify to purchase a home at that time, they didn’t give up hope. They have spent these past few years working on their credit and decided to give it another try. They were ecstatic to learn that they qualified this year and are going to become homeowners in Habitat’s Swansea Homes community!
Javier and Griselda know that their new home is going to make a big difference for their family. They have five children—four girls and one boy ranging in ages from 2 to 15. The older kids have all been remote learning this year, and it has been a busy household juggling schedules with seven people.
The family currently lives in a house rental that’s large enough for them all, but is not a very healthy environment due to a recurring mouse infestation. Javier has spent his own time and money trying to make improvements over the years to mitigate the problem—like replacing old carpet with hard flooring—but the pests keep coming back. The house is also poorly insulated and can’t hold heat, so the family relies on portable heaters in each bedroom to try and stay warm. These problems have impacted the entire family’s peace of mind and have cost countless hours of lost sleep.
Javier and Griselda’s kids are really excited about moving into a brand-new home that their parents are helping to build. They visited Javier on his first day of sweat equity and peered excitedly at their future house through the construction fence.
“We’re so excited to have a home to call our own and to provide a better living environment for our kids,” shares Javier. "We know our kids will be healthier once they live in a nicer home, especially since they’re home all day during the pandemic."